Time management expert and author Laura Vanderkam has a new e-book called “What The Most Successful People Do On Weekends” (read review from House of Peanut here). I haven’ t read it yet but the gist of it seems to be how to be more productive on weekends. I tend to emulate or strive for simplicity and personal happiness even if it’s not the same as what “successful” people do. I believe successful people are defined by the author as typically Type A high-powered & career-minded people who are successful in their fields. Therefore, I’m not the target audience!
However, that doesn’t mean I can’t get good advice from books like these (and I’m sure I will once I read it..). One of the tips from the author’s blog at least is to plan an Anchor event on the weekends. This anchor event should be something fun that gets you and/or your family out of the house so that weekends are more memorable and not all about chores and puttering around.
For several weekends, we’ve accidentally followed this advice. The first weekend was very simple and not super planned-out but it was a Saturday morning excursion to a nearby park. The next weekend was a music concert for kids at the library on a Saturday morning. The third weekend included a date night on Saturday. I admit that doing something fun on Saturdays, when I normally would be puttering around the house, was a good change for our family. We tend to put off the fun stuff; if we don’t do it on Saturday or plan something, nothing fun gets done.
At the same time, those weekends felt harried, too. The music concert took out a good chunk of morning. We still had a lot of stuff that needed to get done. On top of regular stuff like meal prep, cooking, putting dishes away, multiple diaper changes, and more, I managed to do some gardening and a quick wipe-down of the kitchen and bathroom, including the dreaded chore of cleaning the tub. My husband was busy, too, but we were too busy to notice each other’s chore duties!
After all these memorable, fun weekends, I need a chill-out weekend to decompress and do nothing!
How do you manage your weekends? Are you on board with the idea of planning fun or do you prefer to have unscheduled time, or a little of both?